Coast Guard Cutter Forward deploys to West Africa

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard Cutter Forward departed Sunday to conduct maritime safety and security exchanges with countries along the west coast of Africa.

During the three-month Africa Partnership Station (APS) mission, the 270-foot medium endurance cutter Forward and its crew will visit and work with such countries as Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Cape Verde.

Under the direction of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Africa, Forward will support the Navy’s 6th Fleet by serving as the primary APS platform, conducting activities and exchanges that bolster maritime safety and security as part of an ongoing support mission made up of multi-national governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. These agencies and organizations respond to requests from African governments to provide focused multi-national/organizational collaborations on a regional scale.

“The goal of APS is to help African nations improve maritime security and stability which will support a safe and stable global sea trade environment,” said Cmdr. Mike Stewart, Forward’s commanding officer. “Forward and our crew are really looking forward to this deployment and the opportunity it provides to strengthen regional partnerships.”

Coast Guard Cutter Forward is one of six “Famous Class” 270-foot medium endurance cutters homeported in Portsmouth, Va.

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